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We Have Been Harmonized

Life in China's Surveillance State

by Kai Strittmatter

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Gamification and AI: Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go

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As American political scientist Joseph Nye postulated in the 1980s, there are two ways to control people in geopolitics: hard power (i.e., coercion via violence) or soft power (i.e., enticement via incentive). Successful geopolitical strategy is often about knowing when to use soft power instead of force.

In We Have Been Harmonized, author Kai Strittmatter explains how the Chinese Communist Party has realized the potential to harness both soft and hard power to create absolute control over all aspects of its nationalized society. The Party is using information technology to enhance its security-state apparatus. Beyond camera surveillance — tracking people by gait, voice and face — and internet censorship — no images of Winnie the Pooh allowed! — the Chinese government has harmonized its population via two less-talked-about means: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and gamification. It is the combination of these two tools that has given the Chinese Communist Party...

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